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the web of life in southern Africa

Order: Anura (frogs and toads)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Amphibia (amphibians)

Families of frogs found in South Africa

Arthroleptidae (squeakers)

One genus: Arthroleptis


Bufonidae (toads)

There are three genera and 17 species in southern Africa. 

Heleophrynidae (ghost frogs)

One genus: Heleophryne (ghost frogs)


Hemisotidae (shovel-nosed frogs)

One genus: Hemisus (shovel-nosed frogs)


Hyperoliidae (reed, lily frogs, leaf-folding )

There are four genera in southern Africa.  

Hyperolius (reed and lily frogs) Afrixalus (leaf-folding frogs) Kassina (kassinas) Semnodactylus (Rattling Frog Semnodactylus wealii) Leptopelis (tree frogs)

Microhylidae (rain and rubber frogs)

There are two genera in southern Africa. 

Pipidae (platannas)

One genus: Xenopus (platannas)

Ranidae (ordinary frogs)

There are 12 genera in southern Africa. 

Rhacophoridae (foam nest frogs)

One genus: Chiromantis.